September 18, 2013

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1975: The Duke Contest at Sunset Beach, Barry Kanaiapuni suiting up and  TF with his brand new Sunset Gun. BK 's surfing at Sunset set the bench-mark for generations to follow.

1975: The Duke Contest at Sunset Beach, Barry Kanaiapuni suiting up and
TF with his brand new Sunset Gun. BK 's surfing at Sunset set the bench-mark
for generations to follow.

From the Vault: Rocky Point, November 1971 Jack Reeves (Hawaii's premier glasser) checking TF's repair work. No leggies at Rocky meant repairs and a new fin before shooting a session for 'Morning of the Earth'. Photo Albe Falzon See 'Sultans of Speed' on The Surf Video Network

Rocky Point, November 1971
Jack Reeves (Hawaii's premier glasser) checking TF's repair work.
No leggies at Rocky meant repairs and a new fin before shooting a
session for 'Morning of the Earth'. Photo Albe Falzon
See 'Sultans of Speed' on The Surf Video Network[/caption]


Restored Hot Buttered Round Wing Swallow

We thought we should share the following story. For new Swallow Tails, check out RAINBOW CUSTOM BOARDS Mid 70's retsored HB swallow tail Hello, I'd like to show you a classic HB I have recently had restored.  The board is 6'5", wing swallow tail, single to double concave, a yellow spray (beyond the fade of time) with pinched low rails in the tail toward the flyers.  It is numbered 5083. Personally, I'm over the moon as I've wanted a HB like this since I was 17 in 1992.  I grew up surfing single fins in WA in the 1990's, when like minded people were fairly thin on the ground and HB's were made of unobtainium. Greg who ran Oceans surf shop had a couple of them - massive airbrushed guns that made the greatest statement I'd ever seen on a surfboard.  I was in awe. If you have any more information about the board, I'd love to learn as much as I can about it.  Any tips for riding?  I am more at home on single fins anyway.  How would it differ from riding a Drifta III - if I was lucky enough to order one from you in the future? It will now be preserved as long as this History graduate can keep it - and surf it from time to time! Lastly, a very big thank you to TF, KF and JF for the inspiration over the years. Kind regards John, Torquay   Hi John, 5083 would place it in the mid-70's, so one of the earlier round wing swallows. Not shaped by me, but, by Frank Williams (later of tri-fin fame). Frank worked to my designs and was incredible at getting production through, hence the 'Designed by.... decal under the rainbow. Yes, surfs very different from a Drifta, those little side fins really do help transform a wide tail into a tight tail. However, what you have there is the beginning of today's standard bottom shape, concave and v combos.... with wings. Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated. John, you have to surf this bugger OK.... paddle it out at Winki on a mid-size day and aim it. Have fun. Terry  

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